From the It Must Be Christmas Holiday App Deals dept.

It seems like a few of the good strategy and board games are going on sale now on the Apple App Store as quality publishers have started cutting prices  revealing their holiday app deals.

I’ve played these games and do recommend them as valuable additions to your iOS gaming collection. Prices are discounted at the time of this post, but they may change at the whim of the publisher.

And on with the deals:

Talisman – A great conversion from the well-known adventure board game. Reduced to @2.99 from $6.99.

 

 

 


Small World 2 – Huge discount (9.99 -> 2.99) for this sequel to strategy board game of the year. Well worth picking up at any price.. a steal here 😉

 

 

 


Battle Academy – Derived from an original BBC online game concept, Battle Academy blends intuitive design, compelling gameplay and technical innovation. Reduced to $9.99 from $19.99. Yes, a premium priced title that gets you hours of engaging gameplay.

 

 

 


Drive on Moscow: War in the Snow – Half-priced. Full value. Great strategy presentation of the pivotal battle for Moscow in WWII.

 

 

 


Panzer Corps – Grognards rejoice! Considered teh spiritual successor to the Panzer General series, Panzer Corps is the closest you can currently get to serious armor strategy on the iPad. Reduced from $6.99 to $2.99.

 

 

 

 

My iOS App Picks for 2014 – iOS Photo Apps

I tend to keep my photography over on iPadDarkroom, but since I’m writing about iOS photo apps that I’ve discovered or have dominated my work this year, it seemed fitting to look at apps that have influenced my photo work.

You’ve likely seen some work created with these apps before, but they’re worth profiling again as my picks because they’ve stood head-and-shoulders above the other apps in the photo editor / filter space.

So, on to the apps… Continue reading “My iOS App Picks for 2014 – iOS Photo Apps”

My iOS App Picks for 2014 – eBook Readers

It’s that time of year again — the year is ending, coming to a close. And we often take time to look back at things we’ve done. In my case, I thought I’d look back at the iOS apps that have most engaged me over the last year.

I’ll basically select a ‘winner’ and a ‘runner up’, and give a few reasons why the app captured my attention and interest.

So, without further preamble, here’s my first category and selections: Continue reading “My iOS App Picks for 2014 – eBook Readers”

Tempting – Battlelore: Command

Yeah, this little gem looks pretty cool. Yes, it comes in a bit  pricy at under $10, but then again, it looks like there’s some serious gameplay value.

The fine folks at PocketTactics pulled together a rather positive review:

I’m starting to feel a bit spoiled. Seriously, what was the last major board game release that ended up a dud? It sure as hell isn’t BattleLore: Command, the latest release from Fantasy Flight Games, which, despite a major omission, is still a strong contender for digital board game of the year.

If you’re a fan of board games or just strategy games in general, BattleLore: Command is going to trip all your triggers.

Of Shields and Spears

Lately I’ve been playing a highly accessible puzzle-rogue-like game called Hoplite.

Simple graphics and ever-increasing difficulty make this a quick and easy game to learn, but a very difficult one to master.

You play the role of an adventurous Hoplite — a citizen warrior of ancient Greece city-states. You’re questing in ever-deeper dungeons looking for the Fleece of Yendor whilst avoiding doom at the hands of various dungeon inhabitants.

Each level is a smallish hex map with lava obstacles, opponents, a temple and an exit to the next level down. Defeat the opponents, heal or receive a boon at the temple and journey onward. Simple right?

Well, yes, and no. Depending on the number of enemies and your strategy, your journey could end on the first level, or you could retrieve the Fleece and win, or hang on to the fleece and quest even further.

I find myself coming back to Hoplite daily, for at least one or two rounds. As you can tell by the shot at the top, I’ve managed to recover the Fleece once (yay me!), but am wondering what lies beyond…

Hoplite is available for Android and iOS devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch).

Enjoy this fine gameplay video.

 

I’m quite enjoying Sid Meier’s Ace Patrol!

Yep, I’m having fun with Ace Patrol, as you may have seen in my previous post, it’s a light single/multiplayer, World War I strategic combat game. Airfights consist of up to 8 combatants, four per side, and vary depending on aircraft, pilot skill, and game difficulty level.

Ace Patrol is currently only available for iPad, iPod Touch and iPhone in the Canada iTunes store, during this pre-launch period, but it will be available worldwide on May 9th.

I’m having a blast, check out the ingame images below: